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Humane Society of Greater Rochester

I Found a Lost Pet

If You Find a Lost Pet

Found a dog roaming the neighborhood? Not sure where to turn to help a cat right their way home? Lollypop Farm is here to help with the below resources

Submit a Found Pet Report

We’ll use that information to help make matches with other reports and share your lost or found pet on our Lollypop Spotters Facebook page to help spread the word. If you have questions, please contact us at (585) 223-1330 or email us.

Help is just a text away!

Help this pet home with step-by-step instructions from Lost2Found. This Lollypop Farm texting service is designed to help walk you through the steps of reuniting a pet with their family. Whether you found a stray or your own beloved pet has gone missing just text “LPFLost” to (844) LPF-LOST for easy step-by-step instructions.

Check the pet for Identification.


If you’re lucky, their collar or tag will indicate their owner’s contact information. If they’re wearing a Lollypop Farm ID tag, please call us at (585) 223-1330. If a dog has a New York State license tag, call the town or city clerk or the animal control agency in the town or city where the dog was found. (Please note that as of January 1, 2011, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets in Albany no longer keeps dog licensing data for local municipalities.) If the animal isn’t wearing tags, you are required by law to notify animal control in the town or city where the animal was found.

Contact all nearby shelters, animal control agencies, and veterinarians.


Check the Chip.


To check if the pet is microchipped, you can take them to a local vet to be scanned. (Make sure to call first to confirm that this will be possible.) You can also take them to Lollypop Farm to be scanned for a microchip.

Put up “found” posters in your neighborhood.


You can also get permission to post flyers and posters at vet offices, groomers, pet-supply stores, supermarkets, and libraries. Make them clear and readable, and include “FOUND DOG” or “FOUND CAT” in large letters. To help you to later determine if a person who contacts you is the pet’s true guardian, leave out one descriptive detail. For signs on the street, make sure that drivers can read them easily; a large poster board works best. Laminate your signs to weather-proof them. The Missing Pet Partnership offers detailed tips about making effective posters. Be on the lookout for “lost” posters and flyers, too.

Post a “found pet” listing on social media, online lost and found sites, and in local newspaper(s).


Include the pet’s appearance, breed, sex, age, and date found, as well as your contact information and a good photo. Don’t forget to read the “lost” postings, too.

Local Listings

National Listings And Services

If you are unable to find the pet’s guardian and you are unable to keep them, contact your local animal control or humane society for assistance. 

More tips and resources:



Contact Lollypop Farm at (585) 223-1330 or by email.

More Resources to Help You

Did you Find Kittens?

When finding kittens seemingly by themselves, your first instinct may be to bring

them home with you or to an animal shelter. The steps you take and how urgently

these pets need you to intervene though, may depend on a number of factors. Check out the resource below to review these factors.


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